Teacher Appreciation Week 2013
It is that time of year on the calendar set aside as “Teacher Appreciation Week.” While I appreciate that there is a special week set aside to honor educators, my admiration for what teachers do for children extends through the decades. Never doubt that our work makes a difference for children.
Recently, I came into the office and there was a letter on my desk postmarked from Austin, Texas. My first thought was that I did not know anyone who lived in Austin.
The letter began, “Dear Mrs. G.” It was from a former second-grade student I had in my classroom 17 years ago. She wanted to write to express thanks for the lessons she had learned during her year in my classroom…not the math, reading or science lessons, but the more significant ones.
The letter writer thanked me for teaching her about being a kind person. In her words, “I know you didn’t have to go out of your way to help me learn compassion and kindness, but you made sure you did everything in your power to make sure I understood the importance of love and respect and you did so without making me feel stupid.” She signed the letter, “with love and gratitude.”
What we as teachers do matters in ways we can sometimes only imagine. For this student, it was lessons on kindness, respect and love. For others, it might be a love of writing, science or art. We just do not know the many influences we have on the young children under our tutelage.
I cannot think of a more significant profession. Thank you for making a difference for so many!
With deep respect and admiration during this Teacher Appreciation Week and throughout the year,
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